1-Do you think that Social Security should have been enacted? Even though Social Security has been the cornerstone of political storms, survived but also expanded – significantly. From your readings, research on this topic and contacts with recipients, do you think a.0 the program should have been enacted? Why or why not? Explain
2-What would you propose to solve the long-term solvency problems facing Social Security? Social Security is expected to become insolvent by 2040 at the latest unless corrective action is taken now. What do you propose should be done?
3-Do you think workers such as women who do household chores and who take care of children should receive Social Security/OASDI benefits? Social Security/OASDI is linked to employment and a major source of financial security for the elderly. However, many people work and are ineligible to receive benefits. One group, women who were homemakers and not employed outside of the home, come to mind. Do you think these “workers” should be able to receive benefits although they elect to or are forced to raise children or some as caregivers? (A few men serve in caregiving roles also and the assumption here is that they should receive same benefits as women caregivers).
4- Is unemployment insurance necessary? Do you think it is an incentive or a disincentive to work? Why or why not? Explain.
5-Is SSI necessary? Who receives SSI? What has led a person down the path of such dependency that they must receive SSI to survive? Are individuals responsible for their life-choices, or must society be responsible for individuals who are no longer able to care for themselves financially, even though this is the result of their own choices?
6-What are the two labor markets? Are there more than two labor markets? What types of jobs can you find in each of the labor markets, and what are the qualifications needed to enter each? Who is more likely to enter a primary labor market and why? Who is more likely to enter a secondary labor market and why?
7-Does welfare-to-work penalize poor women by forcing them to work outside the home? Do poor women have the same right to stay at home and care for their children as wealthier women? What about family values? Does forcing a poor mother to work “defamilize” her home? Does anyone have the right to receive assistance without working? Why should society help poor women stay at home with their children?
8-What are the values underlying support or opposition to public assistance? What are the values and beliefs of those who support public assistance? What are the values and beliefs of those who oppose public assistance? Is one set of beliefs better than other? What are their philosophical orientations and their religious bases?
9-Do public assistance programs promote teen pregnancy? Why or why not? Do you think that providing public assistance to teen mothers incentivizes them to become pregnant and to have more children than they would otherwise?